Vikings, Bonsanti power past Juniata

Mike Brady collected three hits and scored two runs in Lawrence's 9-5 win over Juniata.
Mike Brady collected three hits and scored two runs in Lawrence's 9-5 win over Juniata.

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- The Lawrence University baseball team used two big innings Saturday and the pitching of Daniel Bonsanti to post a 9-5 nonconference victory over Juniata College in the final game of the team's spring break trip.

Bonsanti allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings while striking out six and walking one to earn the victory. Nick Guzzo worked the final three innings to pick up his first career save. 

Lawrence staked Bonsanti to a 6-0 lead with six runs in the third inning, and the Vikings added three more runs in the sixth to pull away.

Mike Brady went 3-for-3 with a double and scored two runs to pace Lawrence (5-10). Rudy Mueller-Schrader went 2-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs for the Vikings, and Matthew Holliday had three runs batted in and Travis Weber drove in two.

Gavin Grimaldi worked the first four innings for Juniata (4-12) and took the loss. He allowed six runs on six hits, struck out one and walked two.

Lawrence loaded the bases in the third on a single and a pair of walks. Back-to-back errors allowed three runs to score, and Mueller-Schrader followed with a single to drive in another and the Vikings led 4-0. After Holliday scored on an error by the catcher, Patrick McDonnell followed with a run-scoring double to put the Vikings up 6-0.

Juniata cut the lead in half with three runs in the top of the fourth, but the Vikings stretched the advantage with three of their own in the sixth.

The Vikings loaded the bases in the sixth on Brady's double, an error and a walk. After Weber's sacrifice fly scored one run, Holliday and Mueller-Schrader followed with run-scoring singles to give Lawrence a 9-3 lead.

Juniata added a pair of runs in the ninth for the final margin.